The Greencards had an exciting time in Austin with activities surrounding the release of The Brick Album on June 21st. Media coverage from around the world has been very positive. See this 4-Star review in American Songwriter for an example of what folks are saying about the new record.
On their fifth, and best, recording, The Brick Album, The Greencards are better than ever .... (click to see entire review)
From the first notes struck together in 2003 through tours with Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson and up to and beyond their fourth studio album released in 2009, The Greencards have won steadily escalating acclaim for their multi-dimensional Americana vision. Each step they’ve taken has widened their appeal. Their releases have topped the Billboard Bluegrass charts. Two singles have garnered Grammy nominations. They’ve earned ovations from “newgrass” music devotees at MerleFest and rock loyalists at Lollapalooza.
But this band, spearheaded by Carol Young (bass and vocals) and Kym Warner (mandolin, bouzouki and vocals), is interested less in past accomplishments than in looking ahead for new goals to achieve. That’s why their latest record is also in many ways their most significant and impressive to date. The Brick Album is the first album to successfully infuse The Greencards’ eclectic musical references with the excitement they generate on stage.
Warner and Young are from Australia. They moved to Austin, put together The Greencards there, and today call Nashville home. Joining them on stage are Carl Miner and Tyler Andal. Tyler, a young fiddle whiz from Tennessee, reinforces both The Greencards' grounding in roots music and eagerness to let in the fresh air of newgrass, rock, folk elements, Latin America and much more. Former National Flatpicking Championship winner Carl Miner excels as a guitarist in that tradition, but more importantly, applies his virtuosity equally well beyond it.
With The Brick Album the world becomes more than ever their stage. The Greencards' sound defies category, balancing taste and technique, engaging lyrics and melodies and wildly creative arrangements. There may be a wall depicted on the album cover, but the future suggested on these tracks knows no barrier.